Bruce McAllister (politician)

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Bruce McAllister
MLA Bruce McAllister.jpg
MLA for Chestermere-Rocky View
Assumed office
Preceded by District created
Personal details
Born (1971-03-27) March 27, 1971 (age 43)
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Political party Wildrose (2012–2014)
Alberta Progressive Conservatives (2014–present)
Residence Chestermere, Alberta
Profession Broadcast journalist

Bruce H. McAllister (born March 27, 1971) is a Canadian politician who is an elected member to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the electoral district of Chestermere-Rocky View.[1][2] After the 2012 Alberta election, McAllister along with 16 other Wildrose MLAs formed the Official Opposition. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith appointed McAllister as Education and Advanced Education Critic.[3]

After completing a diploma in broadcast journalism from Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, McAllister has had a lengthy career in broadcast journalism, working in cities across the country – including Halifax, Winnipeg, Medicine Hat, and Victoria.[3][4] From 2004 to autumn 2011 (immediately prior to running in the 2012 provincial election)[4] he was co-anchor of the morning news program on Global Calgary.[5]

In the 2012 fall legislative session, McAllister brought forward amendments to the Education Act that would have ended school fees for mandatory curriculum activities, and would have guaranteed the rights of teachers to grade students with a zero where warranted.[6][7]

On December 17, 2014, he was one of nine Wildrose MLAs who crossed the floor to join the Alberta Progressive Conservative caucus.[8]

Electoral history[edit]

2012 general election[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Wildrose Bruce McAllister 10,374 %
     Progressive Conservative Ted Morton 6,237 %
     Liberal Siân Ramsden 584 % % *
     NDP Nathan Salmon 542 % % *
Total ' 100%
Rejected, Spoiled and Declined '
Eligible Electors
     Wildrose pickup new district Swing %